Friday, 12 August 2011 11:15

Bedroom Week: DIY Dresser Distresser

Written by Colleen
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I am slowly adjusting to real life after the wedding and taking a few days off to recuperate. Who knew getting married was the most exhausting thing ever? Bedroom Week at Thursdays goes very well with my desire to do nothing but relax the last few days. I'm really excited about Jana's tutorial today because I have been wanting to try distressing furniture since we moved into our house last November, and I think she may be my inspiration. She (and her hubby!) make it look soo easy.  And cute.

Enjoy!

Colleen

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 DIY Dresser Distresser
by Jana Bonderman

Lately I've been into painted, antique-y looking furniture for some reason.  I'm normally a dark-wood kind of gal, but something about the whimsical shabbiness of painted furniture has been calling to me.  When we found ourselves in need of another dresser for the bedroom, I jumped at the chance to try this new look.  Due to my very pregnant status, I wasn't about to tackle anything involving sanding or painting of any sort, but my husband Kelly assured me that he could make anything my heart desired.  I was hesitant.  I had never attempted to distress furniture before, and although my husband is definitely gifted in the handyman home-improvement category, he'd never distressed furniture either.  Ok, Kell - go for it.  I descended upon Craigslist to find a dresser with good bones and sifted through paint swatches to pick the perfect color.  I finally found the perfect victim...a $75 beauty that was begging for an update.  I was no help micro-managing and asking "are you sure that's right?" every step of the way, but Kelly came through for me big time, and here's how he did it:

 

1.    Clean and wipe down dresser, remove hardware and drawers.

 

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2.    Sand dresser with medium/fine sandpaper leaving the original finish still visible in some areas, and bare wood in other areas.  Wipe down dresser.

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3.    Thin water-based paint with water, and brush on a thin layer covering the entire dresser.  Make sure it's thin enough that you can still kind of see the original finish spots.  (Note: we love Benjamin Moore's Natura since it has no VOC's and is top-quality).  Let dry thoroughly.

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4.    Sand the dresser again with fine sand paper making sure to get in the corners, and taking some of the edges back down to the wood.  Wipe down dresser.

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5.    Thin paint again (thinner this time) and use an ultra smooth roller to paint the dresser a second time.  Let dry thoroughly.

 

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6.    Sand the dresser in the same manner as step 4, but with a super fine sand paper.  Wipe down, place in your bedroom, add your favorite trinkets and admire!

 

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